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What is VirtueMart Hosting?
If you need an open-source e-commerce solution for Joomla!, VirtueMart could be right for you.
Licensed under the GNU Public License (GPL), VirtueMart is an e-commerce plug-in for Joomla! It is written in PHP Hypertext Preprocessor (PHP) scripting language. If you’ve already been using the Joomla! content management system for your site, installing the VirtueMart extension is a breeze. If you’re just getting started, you’ll need to install Joomla! prior to installing VirtueMart.
Because it is a completely free and open-source application, you won’t find the same limitations on VirtueMart that exist with many other e-commerce solutions. Product images, product listings, categories, pages, orders, customers, and other essential features are not capped or limited in any way.
Features of VirtueMart include: extensiblity; template overriding; Joomla! plugins for functionality; nested categories with meta tags; short and long descriptions, product attributes; dimensions; variants; shopper groups for pricing and shipping customization; stock warning; virtual stock; support for multiple currencies; multiple payment gateway support via plugins; customer order history; and assorted marketing tools.
Shoppers get an address book, default shipping addresses, default payment method, optional anonymous checkout, one-click checkout, and custom input form. Your customers can view multiple types of media in product descriptions, choose their currency, and be greeted in their native language.
The basic requirements for VirtueMart installation include Joomla!, support for PHP, and MySQL (for database management). Hosting providers who offer VirtueMart hosting typically include it with your plan pre-installed or as a simple install with Joomla! pre-installed. Plans are available across the spectrum of pricing and feature sets.
Some hosts even offer unlimited plans with VirtueMart installed. If you’d like to install on it on your existing server, first contact your hosting provider to ensure compatibility.